Friday, June 28, 2019

Buck's Tooth by Diane Kredensor - OPTIONAL

Buck's Tooth by Diane Kredensor. EARLY READER. Aladdin (Simon & Schuster), 2015. $13. 9781481423822



Buck likes a lot of things about himself, but he can't stand his one huge tooth. It seems to ruin everything. It's especially annoying now that he wants to participate in the upcoming talent show, because no matter what he does, that tooth is in the way. By the day of the show, he still has no idea what talent he wants to display. And then the perfect opportunity presents itself.

The beginning of this one is cute, and it's always nice to see a book that encourages self-acceptance, but other than that, this story fell pretty flat for me. The plot about finding a skill for the talent show is pretty over-done, and it made the story feel predictable. In addition, Buck's self-acceptance comes at the cost of someone else's art, and while he discovers something he's good at, it's not something he's particularly passionate about.

Sydney G., K-6 Library Media Specialist

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